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State Rep. Robinson dead, mom suspects COVID-19

DETROIT (AP) — First-term Michigan State Rep. Isaac Robinson died Sunday, according to this mother, who said she suspects her son’s death could be related to the coronavirus. He was 44. Former Rep. Rose Mary C. Robinson said her son died hours after being transported to the hospital for ...

Detroit convention center to become makeshift hospital

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT— A convention center in Detroit will be turned into a 900-bed hospital in response to the coronavirus, the federal government said Sunday. Construction at TCF Center, formerly known as Cobo Center, will begin after contracts are wrapped up in 24 to 36 ...

Michigan regents fire opera singer accused of sexual assault

ANN ARBOR (AP) — The University of Michigan’s Board of Regents on Thursday fired a music professor and noted opera singer who, along with his husband, is accused of sexually assaulting a fellow singer in Houston 10 years ago. University President Mark Schlissel’s recommended that David ...

Record 129,000 Michiganders filed for unemployment last week

LANSING — A record 129,000 Michiganders filed claims for unemployment benefits last week amid fallout from jobs lost due to the virus outbreak. The number of applications shattered the previous high of 77,000 in January 2009, during the Great Recession, which hit the state especially hard. ...

Whitmer: No golf, can returns; laundromats OK in shutdown

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that golf courses and tobacco shops should close for three weeks to abide by her stay-at-home order. The guidance was the latest declaration to businesses and operations looking for clarity related to ...

Beaumont Health scrambling with hundreds of virus cases

DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday again pleaded with Michigan residents to stay at home to rein in the coronavirus while the state’s chief medical executive said hospitals with empty beds were stepping up to ease the burden on overwhelmed medical centers. They spoke to ...

Police ID body found in river

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities in western Michigan have identified a body that was found by an angler along a river. The victim’s name has not been released, but relatives have been notified, Grand Rapids police said. An autopsy Thursday revealed the cause of death as a drowning. ...

Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Toyota seek to restart factories

DETROIT (AP) — Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda and Toyota took steps Thursday to restart North American factories that have been closed to protect workers from the coronavirus. The plants would reopen in early or mid-April, restoring the largest source of cash for automakers that generally book ...

Thieves steal toilet paper

EMPIRE, MICH. (AP) — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Michigan has closed all of its restrooms after vandals ransacked them and made off with toilet paper and hand sanitizer, two items made scarce by the coronavirus pandemic. Park Superintendent Scott Tucker said vandals ...

Michigan hospitals jammed as coronavirus cases, deaths rise

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan hospitals braced Wednesday for a surge of coronavirus cases, as the number of cases in the state rose to at least 2,294 and the number of deaths nearly doubled, from 24 to 43. Most of the cases — 85% — were reported in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, but more ...

2 men freed from prison

DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Tuesday dismissed the convictions of two men in prison for drug crimes, including one who has been locked up for more than seven years, after prosecutors said the cases were spoiled by Detroit police misconduct. “These are the first cases that deal directly with ...

Macomb County prosecutor charged with running a slush fund

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities charged a suburban Detroit prosecutor with corruption Tuesday, alleging he ran a criminal enterprise and embezzled cash for country club catering, home security cameras and other perks. Eric Smith, the chief law enforcer in Macomb County, Michigan’s ...

Whitmer: Detroit-area hospital system ‘almost at capacity’

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer warned Tuesday that a Detroit-area hospital system was “almost at capacity” treating people with the coronavirus, as the state’s stay-at-home order kicked in to reduce the spread. The governor, speaking about her ...

Who and what is exempt from Michigan stay-at-home order

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday issued a three-week order that residents stay at home and not gather in public or private with people who are not part of their household, with exceptions. A partial list of who and what is exempted: CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS ≤Health care and public ...

‘Do not panic’: Whitmer issues stay-at-home order

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday told Michigan residents to stay at home, in her most sweeping order of the coronavirus crisis, warning that a million people could need hospital beds if they keep mixing with each other and spreading the illness. Whitmer talked about dire ...

Michigan gov urges national strategy on coronavirus fight

DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Sunday that Michigan needs the federal government to provide not only more test kits and masks but also clear guidance on how best to fight the spread of the coronavirus. “We’re all building the airplane as we fly it right now. We’re doing the ...

Many apply for redistricting panel

LANSING (AP) — Applications still are pouring in to serve on a Michigan commission that will create districts for seats in the Legislature and Congress. The secretary of state said at least 3,590 notarized applications have been processed so far, and thousands more have been received. All ...

St. Clair business employing people with special needs

By BRYCE AIRGOOD Port Huron Times Herald AP Member Exchange ST. CLAIR — Milinda Brewington sang along as "My Girl" by The Temptations played on the speakers, the light shining off her collection of necklaces as she worked preparing silverware. Brewington said the work keeps her busy, ...

Michigan has at least 3 deaths related to virus outbreak

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — At least three people in Michigan have died from the coronavirus outbreak, officials said Thursday. A woman in her 50s with other health complications died at McLaren Oakland medical center in Pontiac, while an 81-year-old man died at Henry ...

Man convicted in killing of 3

DETROIT (AP) — A 19-year-old Detroit man has been convicted of gunning down two gay men and a transgender woman who authorities believe were targeted because of their sexual orientation last year following a house party. A Wayne County jury convicted Devon Kareem Robinson on Tuesday of ...